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Remember When Keith Urban Was in a Band?

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Keith Urban is one of the biggest country stars of his generation, but things weren’t always so rosy when he first came to Nashville.

Urban moved to Music City in 1992, after releasing one album in his native Australia. He got several cuts as a writer, and in 1997 he formed the Ranch, a rock-influenced country group. They released one album for Capitol Records and charted two singles; ‘Walkin’ the Country’ and ‘Just Some Love.’

Despite their minor chart successes, the group marked a tough period for Urban.

“The Ranch was a mess, period, because we were in a s–t van going all over the country playing to three people. It was soul sucking to the ultimate degree,” he recalls.

Though they didn’t score any lasting impact, their songs live on. The Dixie Chicks recorded ‘Some Days You Gotta Dance’ for their ‘Fly’ album, and Steel Magnolia revived ‘Homespun Love’ in 2011. David Nail recorded ‘Desiree’ in 2011, and Scotty McCreery covered ‘Walkin’ the Country’ on his 2012 debut album.

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